The 2016 Census data will be output using the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The 2016 version of the ASGS is likely to be very similar to the 2011 edition of the ASGS but with minor updates made primarily by splitting existing regions to enable a high level of comparability between the 2011 and 2016 geographic areas. Information around any ASGS changes will become available through the ABS Statistical Geography web portal.
In 2016, data will not be output on Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) from the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) as it was for the 2011 Census. In 2011 this was done to assist users in transitioning from the final version of the ASGC to the ASGS. LGA data will continue to be available as part of the ASGS into the future.
The Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1), which on average has approximately 400 people or 160 dwellings, will be the smallest geographic region on which a wide range of Census data will be available. However, consideration is being given to allowing users to create custom geographic areas based on aggregations of Mesh Blocks, which are the smallest geographic unit in the ASGS. Consideration is also being given to creating non-ABS geographies that approximate areas such as Suburbs and Postcodes, with Mesh Blocks, which will create more accurate approximations of these areas.
For further information on ABS Statistical Geography see www.abs.gov.au/geography.